Two former International Criminal Court prosecution witnesses against Deputy President William Ruto have asked the High Court not to hand over journalist Walter Barasa to The Hague based court.
The witnesses filed separate affidavits at the High Court yesterday saying the Office of the Prosecutor engages in illegal tactics and unfair procedures to individuals who do not comply with their demands.
Samuel Kimeli Kosgei and Simon Kipkolum Rotich who fell out with the OTP said they were "mistreated" when they refused to sign statements bearing false testimonies. The two have recanted their evidence against Ruto and journalist Joshua arap Sang.
In their affidavits filed by lawyer Kibe Mungai, the two say they were intimidated, harassed, and oppressed for their refusal to cooperate with the prosecution. Their affidavits support Barasa's petition, his objection to arrest and surrender for trial before the ICC.
Barasa is wanted by the ICC for alleged interference with prosecution witnesses. A warrant of his arrest was issued by ICC judge Cuno Tarfusser on October 2. However, judge Richard Mwongo will first have to determine the petition lodged by Barasa fighting his arrest and surrender to ICC.